The Regional Council of Lapland is the driving force behind the international operations in Lapland. International collaboration aims at implementing the shared development objectives of the entire region. The Regional Council cooperates actively with several organisations in safeguarding the common interests of the region. The focal point of the international operations in Lapland lies in collaboration with the neighbouring countries and in pan-European operation.
International tasks of the Regional Council of Lapland include:
The regional development funding is a grant intended for the implementation of the development projects in the regional strategic programme of Lapland. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy decides on the annual allocation of regional development funding. As the regional development authority, the Regional Council of Lapland decides on the distribution of the regional development funding in the region.
The North Calotte Council is a Nordic cross-border cooperation
organisation funded mainly by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The
North Calotte Council provides funding for Nordic projects related
to the focus areas selected by the Council.
The Interreg V A North programme operates in the North Calotte area. The County Administrative Board of Norrbotten in Sweden operates as the administrative authority of the programme. The Regional Council of Lapland provides an information service for the programme that serves Finnish applicants of funding in particular.
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 is one of the transnational programmes by the European Union. It covers mainly countries around the Baltic Sea. The whole area of Finland belongs to the programme area.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 aims to maintain and develop robust and competitive communities by using innovation; to promote entrepreneurship to realize the potential of the programme area's competitive advantage; to foster energy-secure communities through promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency; and to protect, promote and develop cultural and natural heritage in the programme area. Programme funding may cover up to 60 per cent of the costs of individual projects. The cooperation area covers regions in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the whole of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Read more on the Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme from the programme website .